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Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
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Van Morrison - Moondance 
2013 Remastered and expanded editions 

Van Morrison Moondance

 

Van Morrison It's Too Late



Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Audio or DVD)

The Complete Bang Sessions

Van's classics



Van Morrison live at Montreux, 1980/1974

 

Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Van Morrison Moondance
A MESSAGE FROM VAN MORRISON.

Yesterday Warner Brothers stated that "Van Morrison was reissuing Moondance". It is important that people realise that this is factually incorrect. I did not endorse this, it is unauthorised and it has happened behind my back.

My management company at that time gave this music away 42 years ago and now I feel as though it's being stolen from me again.

18th July 2013
Moondance Moondance 2 Disc  Moondance Deluxe Edition (4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Audio) 
 
Track 
Disc: 1
1. And It Stoned Me
2. Moondance
3. Crazy Love
4. Caravan
5. Into The Mystic
6. Come Running
7. These Dreams Of You
8. Brand New Day
9. Everyone
10. Glad Tidings

Disc: 2
1. Caravan (Take 4)
2. Nobody Knows You When You re Down And Out (Outtake)
3. Into The Mystic (Take 11)
4. Brand New Day (Take 3)
5. Glad Tidings (Alt. Version)
6. Come Running (Take 2)
7. Crazy Love (Mono Mix)
8. These Dreams Of You (Alt. Version)
9. Moondance (Take 22)
10. I Shall Sing (Take 7)
11. I've Been Working (Early Version, Take 5) 


Moondance Deluxe Edition (4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Audio) 

Disc: 1
1. And It Stoned Me
2. Moondance
3. Crazy Love
4. Caravan
5. Into The Mystic
6. Come Running
7. These Dreams Of You
8. Brand New Day
9. Everyone
10. Glad Tidings

Disc: 2
1. What do we call this Van?
2. Caravan (Take 1)
3. Caravan (Takes 2-3)
4. Caravan (Take 4)
5. Caravan (Takes 5-6)
6. Caravan (Take 7)
7. Caravan (Take 8)
8. I ve Been Working (Early Version Take 1)
9. I ve Been Working (Early Version Take 2)
10. I ve Been Working (Early Version Take 5)
11. Nobody Knows You When You re Down And Out (Outtake)
12. I Shall Sing (Take 1)
13. I Shall Sing (Takes 2-3)
14. I Shall Sing (Takes 4-6)
15. I Shall Sing (Take 7)
16. I Shall Sing (Takes 8-12)
17. I Shall Sing (Take 13)

Disc: 3
1. Into The Mystic (Take 10)
2. Into The Mystic (Take 11)
3. Into The Mystic (Takes 12-13)
4. Into The Mystic (Takes 14-16)
5. Into The Mystic (Take 17)
6. Brand New Day (Take 1)
7. Brand New Day (Take 2)
8. Brand New Day (Take 3)
9. Brand New Day (Take 4)
10. Brand New Day (Takes 5-6)
11. Brand New Day (Take 7)
12. Glad Tidings (Take 1)
13. Glad Tidings (Takes 2-4)
14. Glad Tidings (Takes 7-8)
15. Glad Tidings (Take 9)
16. Caravan Redo (Takes 1-2)
17. Caravan Redo (Take 3)

Disc: 4
1. Come Running (Take 1)
2. Come Running (Take 2)
3. Come Running (Takes 3-4)
4. Come Running (Take 5)
5. Come Running ( Rolling On 4 )
6. Moondance (Take 21)
7. Moondance (Take 22)
8. Glad Tidings (Alt. Version)
9. These Dreams Of You (Alt Version)
10. Crazy Love (Remix)
11. Glad Tidings (Remix 1)
12. Glad Tidings (Remix 2)
13. Glad Tidings (Remix 3)
14. Caravan (Remix)
15. These Dreams Of You (Remix)
16. I Shall Sing (Mix)

Disc: 5
1. Blu-Ray Audio disc with high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio of original album (no video) 
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
It's Too Late To Stop Now: Live It's Too Late To Stop Now: Live Night in San Francisco

 

This is a superb release, if you can locate one. 

Editorial Reviews
2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of Van's classic 1974 live album featuring one previously unreleased bonus track: 'Brown Eyed Girl' recorded live at the Troubadour '73. Includes performances from shows recorded at London's Rainbow, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Troubadour in L.A. Includes original artwork and full lyrics to Van Morrison's compositions. 19 tracks total. Polydor. 
Tracks:
Disc: 1
1. Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
2. Warmlove
3. Into The Mystic
4. These Dreams Of You
5. I Believe To My Soul
6. I've Been Working
7. Help Me
8. Wild Children
9. Domino
10. I Just Want To Make Love To You
Disc: 2
1. Bring It On Home To Me
2. Saint Dominic's Preview
3. Take Your Hands Out
4. Listen To The Lion
5. Here Comes The Night
6. Gloria
7. Caravan
8. Cyprus Avenue
9. Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film DVD Audio CD
Product Description
Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film is an in-concert reworking of the musical legend’s historic 1968 gold-certified solo album. Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film was recorded live over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2008.

Van Morrison first released Astral Weeks when he was only 22.  The recording immediately became a critically-acclaimed classic and is still considered one of the greatest albums of the rock era.  
Product Description continued
... The fall 2008 shows marked the first time Mr. Morrison ever performed Astral Weeks in one complete concert set. Joining him was an orchestral string section and a band composed of world-class musicians, some of whom played with Van on the original Astral Weeks sessions 40 years ago. During the first half, the artist performed a number of the timeless classics he is famous for while the second half was an awe-inspiring performance of the Astral Weeks album.  Among the songs included on the concert DVD are: "Astral Weeks/I Believe I've Transcended", "Beside You", "Slim Slow Slider/ I Start Breaking Down", "Sweet Thing","The Way Young Lovers Do", "Cyprus Avenue / You Came Walking Down", "Ballerina",  and "Madame George."  

"The Hollywood Bowl concerts gave me a welcome opportunity to perform these songs the way I originally intended them to be", says Mr. Morrison, who amazingly held only one rehearsal prior to the concerts.

To rework Astral Weeks, Mr. Morrison added his signature stretching of songs in a manner unlike any before by creating new sections of songs live on stage.

Unbeknownst to Mr. Morrison at the time he planned the Hollywood Bowl shows, the concerts coincided exactly with the 40th anniversary of the release of Astral Weeks.  He took it as a sign this project was destined to be.  Astral Weeks broke new ground with its experimental free-flowing arrangements and deeply reflective songs. Mr. Morrison’s motivation to rework the music was to get back to his original signature sound: a blend of jazz, blues, classical and folk unique to Van Morrison.
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl   DVD
1. Astral Weeks - I Believe I've Transcended 
2. Beside You 
3. Slim Slow Slider - I Start Breaking Down 
4. Sweet Thing (5:38) 
5. The Way Young Lovers Do 
6. Cyprus Avenue - You Came Walking Down
7. Ballerina - Move On Up 
8. Madame George 
9. Listen To The Lion - The Lion Speaks 
10. Common One 
Press Release
Van Morrison’s "Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl" Chronicles the First-Ever Live Performance of Legendary Soul Singer’s Revered 1968 Album
Music Released February 24, 2009 

NEW YORK - Multi-award winning soul singer and musical legend Van Morrison is set to release "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl," an in-concert reworking of his historic 1968 gold-certified solo album. Recorded live over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl this past Nov. 7 and 8, the album marks the premiere release on Mr. Morrison’s new EMI-distributed label, Listen to the Lion Records. "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" arrived in stores Feb. 24, 2009. A double-vinyl edition with three bonus tracks (including a live version of “Gloria”) arrived in stores the same day.

The concerts marked the first time Mr. Morrison ever performed "Astral Weeks" in one complete concert set. Joining him was an orchestral string section and a band composed of world-class musicians, some of whom played with Van on the original "Astral Weeks" sessions 40 years ago. Tracks on the CD include: "Astral Weeks/I Believe I’ve Transcended," "Beside You," "Slim Slow Slider/ I Start Breaking Down," "Sweet Thing," "The Way Young Lovers Do," "Cyprus Avenue / You Came Walking Down," "Ballerina," "Madame George" and two bonus tracks, "Listen to the Lion / The Lion Speaks" and "Common One."

"The Hollywood Bowl concerts gave me a welcome opportunity to perform these songs the way I originally intended them to be," says Mr. Morrison, who amazingly held only one rehearsal prior to the concerts. "There are certain dynamics you can get in live recordings that you just cannot get in a studio recording. I love listening to live recordings. You get the whole thing right there, unabridged, raw and in the moment. There was a distinct alchemy happening on that stage in Hollywood. I felt it."

To rework "Astral Weeks," Mr. Morrison added his signature stretching of songs in a manner unlike any before by creating new sections of songs live on stage. As producer of the record, Morrison insisted there be no post-production engineering. It is straight up raw from the Hollywood Bowl stage - pure resonant sound.

"These songs are timeless and as fresh today as the day they were written, actually even more so," Mr. Morrison added, "I was happy to perform them at the Hollywood Bowl and delighted to release a live album which really captures the essence of the original for today’s audiences with every taste in music. It s got it all, jazz, blues, folk, classic. You name it.”

Fans and critics present at the Hollywood Bowl those two nights grasped the momentous nature of the concerts. Rolling Stone Magazine noted that Mr. Morrison "took charge of the music with the authority that comes with four decades of performing. It seemed that once he breathed in the perfume of these eight songs, he didn’t want them to end — and looking at the enraptured crowd, he wasn’t the only one." Added the Los Angeles Times, "Transcendence is what Morrison has been after with his music from the beginning… the wondrous youthful timbre of his voice… has evolved over the years into a richer, fuller instrument, with every bit of its remarkable elasticity very much intact."

Unbeknownst to Mr. Morrison at the time he planned the Hollywood Bowl shows, the concerts coincided exactly with the 40th anniversary of the release of "Astral Weeks." He took it as a sign this project was destined to be. Universally regarded as one of the most important albums in pop music history, "Astral Weeks" broke new ground with its experimental free-flowing arrangements and deeply reflective songs. Mr. Morrison’s motivation to rework the music was to get back to his original signature sound: a blend of jazz, blues, classical and folk unique to Van Morrison.

Both Bowl shows were filmed in high-definition, and will later be available as a commercial DVD concert film. Due to overwhelming demand, Mr. Morrison will perform "Astral Weeks" again, in shows at the Theater at New York’s Madison Square Garden, (SOLD OUT) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 & 28 and at the Beacon Theater Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3 & 4. Accompanied by two different bands, Mr. Morrison will play two sets per show: one of “Astral Weeks” cover to cover, the other of rarely played Van Morrison classics. He may even pull out rare gems “TB Sheets,” "Mystic Eyes," “Who Drove the Red Sports Car” and “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Morrison is responsible for some of the greatest recordings of the last fifty years. A Belfast native of proud Scottish heritage, he grew up listening to American music with his parents, his favorites artists being greats like Ledbelly, Mahalia Jackson, Lightnin’ Hopkins and other legends of blues and soul. With more than 200 of his compositions featured in major motion pictures over the years, Mr. Morrison was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by the late Ray Charles in June 2003.

As Mr. Morrison said, “I’m not just a singer. I am a soul singer.” His “Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl” proves exactly that, over and over again.


For more information www.vanmorrison.com
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Van Morrison Bang Sessions
2014 press release

Title: Van Morrison Reissuing 'The Complete Bang Sessions!'

One of the most controversial releases in Van Morrison's discography, 'The Complete Bang Sessions!,' is being reissued as a limited-edition double vinyl.

To both critics and longtime fans alike, 'The Complete Bang Sessions!' is a perfect depiction of both the highs and lows of the Irish singer-songwriter's career, with good reason. It features much of his finest and most well-known material, such as "Brown Eyed Girl" and his take on "Midnight Special," which most will recognize from his debut, 'Blowin' Your Mind!.'

While those tracks are undeniable classics, it's the other music that will have Morrison's most diehard listeners at full attention. The second disc contains a whopping 31 tracks that Morrison recorded in 1967 solely to fulfill his contractual obligations with Bang Records. They're a complete mess of improvised drivel that are so absurd that they deserve to be heard. There's even one track, the 59-second "Thirty Two," that disses producer Bert Berns.

Morrison's craziest project will again see the light of day on red and black splatter vinyl in a black velvet gatefold cover through a direct-to-fans campaign on PledgeMusic. But here's the catch: they're limited to 1,000. That means that once they sell out, they're gone for good. Fans can also purchase a digital version of the album, though, if they miss out on the vinyl opportunity. A deluxe package, which featured a test pressing, has already sold out. The album is set to be shipped in August.

For more information or to pre-order the album, you can visit Van Morrison's page on PledgeMusic.

Amazon CD
Editorial Reviews


Review

A historic, 2-CD collection of the first solo recordings by legendary blue-eyed poet of R&B, Van Morrison!

Includes the ORIGINAL recordings of Morrison s first three hit singles Brown Eyed Girl, Ro Ro Rosey, Spanish Rose along with the incomparable blues epic T.B. Sheets, He Ain t Give You None and many more!

Features Van Morrison at his most heartbreaking, soul-stomping, mystical, spiritual, youthful best!

This collection highlights one of the definitive moments in modern pop music and is sure to please all classic rock enthusiasts!

Early in 1967, Van Morrison found himself in New York at the invite of songwriter/producer Bert Berns. Morrison s previous band Them had been hemorrhaging luck and leaking interest after previously riding high on the charts with the smash hit single Baby Please Don t Go. But Them s fame had been as fleeting as Morrison s enjoyment of it and when word leaked out that he was looking for a label to record solo material on, Berns leaped at the opportunity to have Morrison record for the fledgling Bang label.

Over the next six months, Morrison spent nearly every waking moment either in the studio or writing, later emerging with what was to be his first solo hit single and signature song Brown Eyed Girl along with a slew of other masterful works such as T.B. Sheets, Ro Ro Rosey, Spanish Rose and He Ain t Give You None. That Fall, Bang released Blowin Your Mind, an album which proved Morrison was the most remarkable talent of the age, this side of Bob Dylan; part mystic, part poet, part rock god. This collection draws highlights from those remarkable New York recordings, which have been rediscovered, reappraised and placed on the pedestal of defining moments in pop music history. --Cleopatra Records 

 

 

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Van Morrison Reissuing 'The Complete Bang Sessions!'
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Van Morrison Classics
Below are some of the better Van Morrison releases. to consider. There are lots of live releases to sort through too.
Astral Weeks Moondance His Band and the Street Choir
 
1. Astral Weeks 
2. Beside You 
3. Sweet Thing 
4. Cyprus Avenue 
5. Way Young Lovers Do 
6. Madame George 
7. Ballerina 
8. Slim Slow Slider 
1. And It Stoned Me 
2. Moondance 
3. Crazy Love 
4. Caravan 
5. Into the Mystic 
6. Come Running 
7. These Dreams of You 
8. Brand New Day 
9. Everyone 
10. Glad Tidings 
1. Domino 
2. Crazy Face 
3. Give Me a Kiss 
4. I've Been Working 
5. Call Me up in Dreamland 
6. I'll Be Your Lover, Too 
7. Blue Money 
8. Virgo Clowns 
9. Gypsy Queen 
10. Sweet Jannie 
11. If I Ever Needed Someone 
12. Street Choir 
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Van Morrison live at Montreux, 1980/1974 - DVD   Astral Weeks DVD

Tracklisting:
Disc One - July 10, 1980
1. Wavelength 2. Kingdom Hall 3. It Stoned Me 4. Troubadours 5. Spirit 6. Joyous Sound 7. Satisfied 8. Ballerina 9. Summertime in England 10. Moondance 11. Haunts of Ancient Peace 12. Wild Night 13. Listen to the Lion 14. Tupelo Honey 15. Angeliou 

Disc Two - June 30, 1974
1. (It's Not The) Twilight Zone 2. I Like It Like That 3. Foggy Mountain Top 4. Bulbs 5. Boffyflow & Spike 6. Heathrow Shuffle 7. Naked in the Jungle 8. Street Choir 9. Harmonica Boogie 10. Since I Fell For You 
Product Description
Van Morrison's long and illustrious career has included many appearances at the Montreux Festival. This two DVD set focuses on two performances that have been chosen by Van to create his first ever DVD release. Dating from 1974 and 1980 they illustrate the evolution of his songwriting over this period and include many of his best loved tracks including "Wavelength", "Moondance", "Street Choir" and "Tupelo Honey" alongside other classics. 
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
The Rolling Stones
Below are some must have Rolling Stones CD's. There has nothing to do with Van Morrison, but they're really good.
Exile On Main Street Sticky Fingers Let It Bleed
1. Rocks Off 
2. Rip This Joint 
3. Shake Your Hips
4. Casino Boogie 
5. Tumbling Dice 
6. Sweet Virginia 
7. Torn and Frayed 
8. Sweet Black Angel 
9. Loving Cup 
10. Happy 
11. Turd on the Run 
12. Ventilator Blues 
13. I Just Want to See His Face 
14. Let It Loose 
15. All Down the Line 
16. Stop Breaking Down 
17. Shine a Light 
18. Soul Survivor 
1. Brown Sugar 
2. Sway 
3. Wild Horses 
4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking 
5. You Gotta Move  
6. Bitch 
7. I Got the Blues 
8. Sister Morphine 
9. Dead Flowers 
10. Moonlight Mile 
  1. Gimme Shelter
  2. Love In Vain
  3. Country Honk
  4. Live With Me
  5. Let It Bleed
  6. Midnight Rambler
  7. You Got The Silver
  8. Monkey Man
  9. You Can't Always Get What You Want
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Van Morrison - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
 

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